Schweiss boathouse doors have a reputation of showing up at some of the most beautiful lakes in America, but perhaps the most beautiful of them all is the 989'-deep Lake Tahoe that borders Nevada and California.
At the center of the city of South Lake Tahoe, just a couple of miles from Nevada, is El Dorado Beach at Lakeview Commons. With its jaw dropping vistas of the Sierra Nevadas, this South Lake Tahoe beach is popular with locals and visitors alike. The beach draws a large crowd who take advantage of the many activities available including a watercraft rental shop right on the beach.
Operating out of a 40' x 30' steel building, the South Tahoe Standup Paddle rental business is one of the busiest locations on the beach. It is here that visitors from all over come to rent standup paddleboards, kayaks and paddleboats. Installed on the front of the building is a custom-fabricated 32'-11.5” x 10'-11.25” bifold liftstrap door from Schweiss Doors of Fairfax, MN. Outfitted with electric photo eye sensors for safety, the door in the up position signifies the rental shop is open for business.
South Tahoe Standup Paddle is a primary source for SUP boards, accessories and rentals in Lake Tahoe. Founded in 2010, it is Northern California and Nevada’s premier flatwater standup paddle shop.
“The bifold door is running good, and during the summer it goes up and down every day. We have 120 paddleboards, 16 kayaks and six paddleboats to rent out,” said business owner Chris Brackett. The exterior cladding on the door consists of stained 2 x 6s spaced apart to allow for airflow into the storage area when the door is closed.
Brackett said that El Dorado Beach was always a busy spot for locals, despite being just a rundown hillside beach in days past. But since the City of South Lake Tahoe initiated its Phase 1 redevelopment project there, he said the area has drawn more tourists and there are a lot of other special events that take place to bring people in.
The watercraft rental building's construction was built in conjunction with the $4.8 million redevelopment project involving a 600' stretch of beach. The contractor overseeing the comprehensive project was Clark & Sullivan Construction (C&S) of Sparks, Nevada.
In addition to the rental space, work at the site included construction of a beachfront amphitheater using hand hewn stone, construction of a 2,000 square foot restroom and concession building, which utilize solar panels and radiant heating panels, the installation of pavers, the construction of retaining walls, new landscaping and lighting. The architect on the project was RHAA Landscape Architecture.
“We were pleased to take part on the construction of such a significant and much used recreational park along the shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe,” said BJ Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Clark & Sullivan Construction. “This park is one of the most popular spots in the area and it is highly visible.”